Background Information


Dynamics are musical instructions notated on a musical piece in order to instruct the musician on which volume to play the music. These instructions are often seen as abbreviations of certain Italian words or symbols on a piece of music, above certain phrases or notes.


Dynamics were not actually used until the late 18th century, although there were some composers who used them earlier. Dynamics were not necessarily needed, beforehand, as a lot of instruments at the time only had two volumes, loud and soft.